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by Green Aura
Wed Sep 22, 2021 10:53 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: DIY Energy
Replies: 3
Views: 48

Re: DIY Energy

It's not just direct gas supply, electricity generated from gas power stations is at risk too. In answer to your question, though, there are a few things you can do. The first thing is to shut your living area down to just one room, so any heat you can create will be optimised. Aim to live, cook and...
by Green Aura
Wed Sep 22, 2021 10:12 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: DIY Energy
Replies: 3
Views: 48

Re: DIY Energy

We had a very strange situation last night. We're fairly used to power outages and have lots of back ups ready but last nights was different. OH has a small back up power supply to enable him to save his work (software developer) in the case of loss of power. It started alarming, at about 10pm, but ...
by Green Aura
Fri Sep 10, 2021 11:07 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 152
Views: 97936

Re: What are you harvesting now?

My courgettes have finished - not ver productive at all this year!

Still getting a few tomatoes out of the greenhouse but I think we'll harvest all the green ones and get shut this weekend. Chillies continue and have done rather well this year.
by Green Aura
Wed Aug 11, 2021 6:54 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Thrifty self sufficiency?
Replies: 7
Views: 923

Re: Thrifty self sufficiency?

I suppose if she doesn't drink tea herself, it would be unreasonable for her to stock them in case of visitors. The article didn't read like that though - just anything to save a penny or two. Mind, that could just be the journalistic slant!
by Green Aura
Mon Aug 09, 2021 12:42 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Thrifty self sufficiency?
Replies: 7
Views: 923

Re: Thrifty self sufficiency?

In answer to your question, I think it's the last - maybe brought on by periods real hardship. I don't know if it's thrifty, or just mean. Don't encourage friends to come round or if they do bring their own teabags. I wonder how many invites she gets to theirs. There are undoubtedly some very good i...
by Green Aura
Tue Jul 27, 2021 10:22 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Got the Signoff...
Replies: 35
Views: 16328

Re: Got the Signoff...

Don't forget to eat some of them fresh! :lol:
by Green Aura
Mon Jul 26, 2021 5:34 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: To all those junk collectors
Replies: 19
Views: 4946

Re: To all those junk collectors

The council took the opportunity to cut our "recycling" services during lockdown - it's unlikely they'll increase again. The shipping container for electricals is still there, as is a small thing for hazardous waste - oils, paint etc.The bottle banks (not run by the council, I think) are available f...
by Green Aura
Mon Jul 12, 2021 7:06 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Got the Signoff...
Replies: 35
Views: 16328

Re: Got the Signoff...

....and fermenting. I much prefer lacto-fermented veg to pickled - except picalilli of course. :lol:
by Green Aura
Mon Jul 12, 2021 7:03 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self Sufficient 2021
Replies: 47
Views: 17426

Re: Self Sufficient 2021

Even the hire charges are more than B+B rates up here.
by Green Aura
Wed Jun 16, 2021 12:35 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Growing in 2021
Replies: 56
Views: 25058

Re: Growing in 2021

Not up here we don't. Cold, wet and windy.
by Green Aura
Wed Jun 16, 2021 12:32 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self Sufficient 2021
Replies: 47
Views: 17426

Re: Self Sufficient 2021

You wouldn't think lockdown isn't completely lifted until later this month (if then) up here. Wall to wall campervans, tents, barbecues and other "waste" being left in situ as the campers move on.

I don't know about pubs, Flo. We don't have many round here.
by Green Aura
Thu May 27, 2021 7:19 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Back to my old ways (in a little way)
Replies: 5
Views: 7635

Re: Back to my old ways (in a little way)

I think if you have room to do it, why not have a go? We looked at it a while back as my OH had a brief flirtation with beer-brewing (just by way of a quick aside, the best beer we've ever made was following the Hamilton's beer on here). It's not particularly complicated, just essentially amounts to...
by Green Aura
Wed May 26, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: To all those junk collectors
Replies: 19
Views: 4946

Re: To all those junk collectors

Has London run out of clay?
by Green Aura
Mon May 03, 2021 6:16 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 152
Views: 97936

Re: What are you harvesting now?

I grew it years ago in Manchester. It was very tasty as I recall. I must try again.
by Green Aura
Sun May 02, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 152
Views: 97936

Re: What are you harvesting now?

I've never heard of perennial cauliflower, ina! I've just Googled it and found out it's what I thought was perennial broccoli - Nine Star broccoli.
You live and learn. :lol: